A Beginners Guide to Chocolate

Since I’ll be sharing a few chocolate recipes this year, I thought it would be important to have a post about how to handle chocolate. Now, weirdly I am much better with sugar. I can sculpt roses by hand out of sugar, but man when chocolate and I get together I seem to find it in the weirdest places afterward and make a complete mess doing it. How does chocolate even get on your elbow when you haven’t melted any yet? This post will go over the basics of chocolate, how to temper, and any tools you may need. Let’s get started!

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How to Sleigh the Holiday Season: Making Food Gifts Safely

Oh my gosh am I excited to introduce this series to the blog!! I am a Christmas fanatic. I could care less about the whole gift-giving portion of Christmas, but I love the music, the atmosphere, the snow, all the treats, decorating, and crap I forgot to breathe. I pretty much like everything. One of my absolute favorite things to do is make candy as gifts for friends, family, and neighbors. However, I find that I don’t often trust what other’s give me because I find most people don’t know the first thing about kitchen sanitation and cleanliness. I am ServSafe certified and have been involved in the culinary world from a very young age. It has been ingrained in me to practice food safety and I think it is important to make sure the treats I give out are as safe as a home cook/baker/candy maker can make them. Let’s get started!

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How To: Faux Vining Wall Art (DIY)

This DIY is perfect for someone looking for a cheap and eccentric addition to their home decor. This ‘How To’ is a little more involved than your average Pinterest creation. Depending on your level of experience, you can make this as complicated or as easy as you like. Plus, This DIY can be transformed into any size or shape you need! Put something else on the wall that’s not just a frame.

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How To: Easy and Cheap Photography Backdrops and Floordrops (DIY)

This how-to is mostly focused on food and small product photography backdrops and floordrops, but that doesn’t mean these can’t be scaled up for larger photography. This is probably one of my absolute favorite photography hacks because it is easy, cheap, and makes my food photos look pro.

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6 Fool-Proof Tips to Picking Out Produce like a Pro

Derek likes to think I have a God-given talent to pick out the best fruits and vegetables, but he just doesn’t know all of the secrets I got up my sleeve. 😉 This post will walk you through the best ways to pick out produce in general and specific tips for certain fruits and vegetables. You will be produce royalty in your town. All the neighbors will beg you to pick out their fruit and you’ll have so many requests, you’ll have to move three states away and never expose this amazing gift again. Or… you could show them this post and basically knight them with produce royalty, too.

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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Better Cat Parent

We have four cats (yes, that is a lot). We have gone through ups and downs being cat parents. I feel like every other week we are discovering new things we should be doing for our cats or should not be doing. It is a struggle to feel like you are doing enough for the mute creatures that roam the house. Here are my tips and tricks for giving Kitty the best home after years of experience.

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